Teva Pharmaceuticals and CooperSurgical are facing more than 1,300 lawsuits filed by women who were injured by broken Paragard copper IUDs.
The lawsuits allege that Paragard has a tendency to break while it is being removed or while in use, which can place women at an increased risk of organ damage, cervical or uterine perforation, or other serious and potentially deadly injuries.
The Food and Drug Administration has received 40,000 reports of women who experienced side effects involving Paragard, including at least 15,000 involving serious complications from the device. At least 15 deaths have been linked to Paragard copper IUDs.
Paragard Lawsuits Consolidated in MDL
The 1,300 Paragard lawsuits filed against Teva and CooperSurgical have been consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation, or MDL, in the Northern District of Georgia.
MDLs are different from a class action lawsuit. Unlike a class action, in an MDL, each case remains separate, even through all of the cases are combined before a single judge.
MDLs allow for complex lawsuits such as Paragard to be combined in a single courtroom to expedite the discovery process and hopefully make it easier for patients who were harmed to receive a settlement.
As of August 2022, no bellwether trial dates have been scheduled in the Paragard litigation. The purpose of these bellwether trials is to determine potential damages in a few of the cases that are part of the litigation, which can be used as the basis of settlement negotiations between attorneys for the plaintiffs and the defense.
Although the Paragard MDL in Georgia is already underway, there is still time for women who were injured by broken copper IUDs to file a lawsuit and join the litigation. If you or a loved one were injured by Paragard, contact our law firm for a free consultation to find out whether you may be eligible to take part in the litigation.
Side Effects Linked to Paragard
In the most serious cases, broken Paragard IUDs can cause potentially life-threatening complications, which can include:
- Organ perforation
- Organ damage
- IUD embedded in the uterus
- Perforation of the cervix or uterine wall
Broken Paragard IUDs can cause other side effects, which may include:
- Severe pain
- Migration of the IUD inside the body
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Inflammation from copper absorbed by the body
Free Legal Consultation for Women Injured by Paragard
If you or a loved one used a Paragard copper IUD for birth control for less than 10 years and were injured when the device broke during removal or while in use, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.
For a free legal consultation to find out if you qualify, contact the lawyers at Hissey Mulderig & Friend by calling toll-free at 1-866-806-8117, or by filling out our free case evaluation form on the right side of this page.
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